Persian Carpet Iranian delicate Art
Since ancient times, Persia has been known for their unnaturally perfect talent and style of carpet-weaving.
Persian carpets and rugs of various types were woven in parallel by nomadic tribes, in village and town workshops, and by royal court manufactories alike. As such, they represent different, simultaneous lines of tradition, and reflect the history of Iran and its various peoples. The carpets woven in the Safavid court manufactories of Isfahan during the sixteenth century are famous for their elaborate colors and artistically design, and are treasured in museums and private collections all over the world today. Their patterns and designs have set an artistic tradition for court manufactories which was kept alive during the entire duration of the Persian Empire up to the last royal dynasty of Iran.
Here are some interesting points about Persian carpets:
Around 5 million square meters of carpets are produced in Iran each year. These carpets are mostly sold in international bazaars and markets.
3/4th of the world’s output on carpets is produced by Iran, making this country the world’s largest exporter of this popular, handmade art.
Also, Iran holds the record for producing history’s largest carpet up to date. (The carpet is 5,624.9 square meters)
Persian Carpets – The highest levels of art:
The craftsmanship of the Persian carpet is in such way that looking into its pattern is like looking at a pool of beautifully mixed colors, representing a universe of magnificence and beauty. This artistic creation traces its origins back 2500 years, and has not stopped improving over time. It has become richer and more beautiful through ages.
Given the fact that this kind of carpet is considered invaluable, you can always find them in museums, palaces, the home of the wealthy populations, and so on.
Above a number of Persian carpets are shown. For simplicity they are listed in alphabetical order.
Abadeh | Afshar | Ardebil | Bakhtiar | Beluch | Bidjar | Gabbeh | Ghashghai | Ghom | Hamadan | Heriz |Isfahan | Kerman | Keshan | Klardasht | Koliai | Mashad | Moud | Nahavand | Nain | Senneh | Shiraz |Tabriz
Carpets woven in towns and regional centers like Tabriz, Kerman, Mashhad, Kashan, Isfahan, Nain and Qom are characterized by their specific weaving techniques and use of high-quality materials, colours and patterns. Town manufactories like those of Tabriz have played an important historical role in reviving the tradition of carpet weaving after periods of decline. Rugs woven by the villages and various tribes of Iran are distinguished by their fine wool, bright and elaborate colours, and specific, traditional patterns. Nomadic and small village weavers often produce rugs with bolder and sometimes more coarse designs, which are considered as the most authentic and traditional rugs of Persia, as opposed to the artistic, pre-planned designs of the larger workplaces. Gabbeh rugs are the best-known type of carpet from this line of tradition.
Quality of Persian Rugs & Carpets:
1) Where the rug is made from
Answer: One of the factors for defining the quality of your rug is where it was made. The best quality Persian Rugs still are made in IRAN and only IRAN.
2) Who was the weaver
Answer: Rugs made by Master weavers (Usually you can find them only in city rugs, have much higher KPSI or RAJ) have highest quality.
KPSI is a quality measure used to determine knot density in Oriental Rugs
3) What materials have been used in the rug
Answer: The type of wool or cotton that has been used to make the rug has a huge different in the value of a rug or carpet. If your rug or carpet has any silk? (Utilizing silk in a rug is a good indicator of High quality).
4) What type of knots and how many are used in the rug
Answer: The number of the KPSI or RAJ (If you looking to buy a good rug always carry a type measure and check the KPSI or RAJ). We do believe the higher the KPSI the higher the quality.
5) How old is the Rug
Answer: If you are using the rug for busy section of your home, Do not buy antique [more than 50 years old] rugs.
6) How thick is the Rug
Answer: Usually the top quality rugs are very thin and feel soft and smooth.
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